Alain Dominique Perrin
, owner-winegrower, acquired the Château Lagrézette
a listed historic building dating back to the 15th century, near Cahors, in 1980
. The restoration of the building, its gardens and its vineyards took 10 years.
The Château Lagrézette wine is today regularly acclaimed by wine writers. In 2005, Château Lagrézette was recognized as one of the 100 best wines in the world by Wine Spectator. Le Pigeonnier 2001, a quality wine for keeping, was awarded 95 out of 100 by the famous American wine writer Robert M. Parker Jr. More recently, the Château Lagrézette 2007 won the gold medal at the Foire de Paris in April 2010.
In 2003, the Château celebrated its 500th grape harvest. To mark this occasion a book was published, tracing the history of the Château, entitled “Dame Honneur, une Légende de Cahors”
In 2005, a second work “Château Lagrézette”
, a collection of recipes and photographs, was published by Editions du Regard.
Not far away, in Rocamadour, Alain Dominique Perrin
has planted 10 hectares of vines since 2001, thus permitting the village to recreate its wine for the first time since the Middle Ages. La Dame de Grézette (Viognier) 2007 from the Domaine Lafage Rocamadour was awarded the gold medal at the Paris Agricultural Show in 2008. The 2009 vintage won the silver medal at the same show in 2010.
In 2006 he acquired the Domaine de Landiech in Touzac and Lacapelle-Cabanac, one of the most beautiful of the Cahors appellations. In order to preserve the environment, the soil was purified in the traditional way, through the cultivation of barley. 21 hectares of 100% Malbec vines have been planted. The first grape harvest will be in September 2011. Jean Nouvel, the renowned French architect, is in charge of the renovation of the wine storehouse.
Video of Gary V.'s wine tasting comments on Pigeonnier 2000 in New York